NDG Little League Baseball

Memorable Moments


EXPOS NATION - 2nd Annual "Pitch and Catch Rally"

Loyola -1 Park, Sunday September 28th, 2014

Expos Nation Rally organized by Matthew Ross & NDG Baseball - Special Guests - Derek Aucoin & Major League Hopeful Jean-François Garon

& Montreal Musical Sensation - Annakin Slayd

 

CHECK OUT THE EXPOSNATION ON THE WEB

Matthew Ross - Président | Chairman

Comité ExposNation Committee

http://www.exposnation.com/

 

THE DAYS ACTIVITIES

Ex-Expo Derek Aucoin will be on hand to pitch some batting practice

Players and adults encouraged to come on out and throw the ball around

Other noteworthy sports celebrities to take part

Easton to use the event to showcase 2015 equipment

(Players will be aloud to tryout the new Easton Equipment)

News Media from around Montreal will be on-hand

 

 

EXPOS NATION - "2ND ANNUAL PITCH & CATCH RALLY"

IN THE NEWS AND ON THE WEB

Global News - Montreal - Story by Billy Shields

GLOBAL NEWS - MONTREAL

 

THE SUBURBAN - A GREAT DAY TO RALLY FOR BASEBALL

October 1st, 2014 - By Mark Lidbetter

 

 

PHOTOS FROM THE DAYS ACTIVITIES

Photos Courtesy of: Facebook.com/ExposNation

 

EXPOS NATION RALLY - CHATEAU CHAMPLAIN - SUNDAY MARCH 30TH, 2014

Frank Martinez & Livin Vargas led NDG Baseball Players to the Expos Nation Rally organized by Matthew Ross

EXPOS NATION RALLY

SUNDAY MARCH 30TH - 11H30

Chateau Champlain Marriott (Bonaventure Metro) at 11:30am

(1050 Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, Montréal, QC H3B 4C9)

 

COME OUT AND JOIN COACH FRANK MARTINEZ

& NDG BASEBALL PLAYERS

Photo taken Friday March 28th

Toronto Blue Jays Player José Batista

With NDG Players Brandon Hernandez-Perez & Gabriel Martinez

ExposNation is pleased to announce that on March 30th, 2014, we will hold a free rally for the fans that will feature former Montreal Expos players.

To be held at the Chateau Champlain Marriott (Bonaventure Metro) at 11:30am, fans are invited to attend and hear from and ask questions to former Expos, including Felipe Alou, Marquis Grissom, Claude Raymond, Wil Cordero, Denis Boucher, Derek Aucoin and more.

Update: Éric Gagné, 2003 Cy Young award winner, will join us in attendance.

Invitation from Matthew Ross (TSN 690)

https://twitter.com/TSNmatthew

 

Montreal Gazette - NDG Players Interviewed - Expos Nation Rally

CBC Interviews - Rafael Zapata with NDG Players at Expos Nation Rally

Douglas Gelevan Interviews Steve & Ryan Glazer

 

SENIOR LYNX & THE MONTREAL EXPOS PROJECT (2011)

The 2011 NDG Senior Lynx team was invited to meet with some of the Montreal Expos players of the 1981 National League Team

THE MONTREAL EXPOS 1981 TEAM

 &

TEAM CANADA - THE NDG SENIOR LYNX ( 2011)

 

Back Row (& left to right):

 #10 - Andre Dawson (Hall of Fame)

Middle Row (left to right):

 #1 - Wallace Johnson, #38 - Bryn Smith, #17 - Elis Valentine, #25 - Rowland Office, #3 - Rodney Scott, #6 - Head Coach - Jim Fanning, #49 - Warren Cromartie,

#30 - Tim Raines, #22 - Stan Bahnsen, # 15 - Larry Parrish, #37 - Bill Lee

 Front Row (left to right):

Asst. Coach - Livin Vargas, Head Coach - Bobby Titleman, Laurent Dupuis-Solliec, Alex Carmel, Trevor Lall, Oliver Singson, Alexis Vargas,

Quintin Foster, Eric Punski, Kris Reddick-Hopkins, Jake Titleman,  Rafael Zapata Jr., Liam Wyatt, Jake Titleman

 

Tim Raines with NDG Senior Lynx

Bill Lee with NDG Senior Lynx

Bill Lee demonstrates the spin of a curve ball

Claude Raymond with Bobby Titleman

 

 

 

 

THE NDG JUNIOR LYNX AT COOPERSTOWN - 2005

The NDG Junior Lynx play two games at Cooperstown, NY Doubleday field

(FYI - No Sun-flower seeds are allowed while on Doubleday Field . Those who abuse this rule will be shown the exit )

THE NDG JUNIOR LYNX TEAM TRAVELS TO COOPERSTOWN, NY

Back Row (left to right):

 Jan Sauvé-Frankel (Coach), Danilo Cardoza, Ian Einheiber, Eris Salvatori, Remel Cris Ong, Michael Fitzsimmons,

Ryan Boyd

Front Row (left to right):

Timothy Maag, Daniel Kost-Stephenson,  Jonathan Pendenza, Carey Ashton (Head Coach),  Daniel Baslyk,

Sebastian Meltzer, Jon Melkerson

MONTREAL EXPOS & LITTLE LEAGUE DAY (2003)

NDG Baseball players are chosen to represent Little League Quebec at a Montreal Expos game at Olympic Stadium

Little League Quebec asked NDG Baseball to chose two baseball players from our organization to represent Little League on June 21st, 2003 for Major League Baseball's salut to Little League. The league chose  Anne-Virginie Desmarais to throw out the first pitch of the game and Adam Roussell to be a Montreal Expos bat-boy.

Since the event was deemed to be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, our President Jim Mavrokefalos asked both Anne-Virginie Desmarais and Adam Roussel to write a short story describing the days events. Below are the stories that they handed in.


Bat Boy

 by Adam Roussel

Adam Roussel was a Bat Boy for the Montreal Expos as part of Little League Day


     On Saturday, June 21st, 2003, I was given the extraordinary opportunity to be a Bat-Boy for the Montreal Expos, my all-time favourite baseball team, during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Olympic Stadium.

        At first, when I heard the news that I would be filling this glorious post, I thought it was too good to be true, that is was some sort of cruel joke! When the facts sank in, I became the world’s happiest person, hands down. In the days leading up to the prodigious day, Butterflies in my stomach became commonplace.

        When the day finally came, I realised the true gravity of the situation; I would be in the midst of my favourite baseball players: Jose Vidro, Livan Hernandez, Javier Vasquez, Orlando Cabrera, and my favourite player, Michael Barrett! Not to mention Living Legend Frank Robinson, one of the greatest players ever to play professional baseball!

Frank Robinson is the the only player to

win the MVP in both leagues. He is also 4th on the all-time homerun list with 586.

Predictably, I arrived at the stadium early, along with my parents, our friend Rich, and two of my cousins, Stephen and Michael. Soon thereafter, James and Dennis arrived, followed by Anne-Virginie (who was given the honour of throwing the first pitch of the game) and her family. We were all led through several office cubicles, and let out of a door that led inside the dining area of the Stadium. I said my goodbye-for-nows to the group and followed Mathieu, a security guard, to an elevator marked “Authorized personnel Only/ Personnel Autorisé Seulement” I went up to a floor that I never knew existed. 

Mathieu led me over to a large blue door. As he opened it, he said with a smirk,

        “I bet you’ve never been in here, huh?”

Indeed I hadn’t. Wearily, I stepped foot inside the one and only Montreal Expos locker room! In front of me, Livan Hernandez was reviewing some type of document. To my right, Brad Wilkerson was pacing. To my left, Orlando Cabrera was tying his shoes!

 Amused, Mathieu advised me not to faint.

         I was to change into my Expos uniform in the supply room. I must admit, I found that I looked quite like an actual Baseball player if I ignored the words Bat Boy on my back. I felt like this was impossible. I then told myself; if this is a dream, go enjoy it!

         I was given a baseball and a pen to get as many autographs as I could. I stationed myself towards the end of the player’s tunnel and received autographs from just about every player, including Michael Barrett, who shook my hand (twice), and even engaged in pleasant conversation for a few minutes before he had to go. During my autograph quest, I noticed, to my delight, that I am taller than Orlando Cabrera!

         Then, before the game, I saw him walking towards me. Even when he was joking around with the players, he looked intimidating to me. Frank Robinson, I vowed, would sign my ball before the day was out. Sure enough, he amicably walked over to me and gladly signed my ball… if I would talk to him in French. I was sure to say “Merci” and “Bonne Chance” as he left. To this, he turned around and smiled.

         At this point, it was time to make myself useful. To the best of my abilities, I bolted to pick up bats after the play, and before every offensive inning, I would lay out the Batters’ warm-up items.

         When I left after seven Innings, the score was 5-1 Toronto, and the mood in the Expos dugout was a sad one. But when I got to my seat, an explosive 7-run inning took place! A great day capped by a great finish.

         I would like to thank Jim Mavrokefalos, James Rankine, Dennis Clendinneng, Lionel Geller, and everyone else involved in NDG baseball for giving me this opportunity. That is one day that I will never forget. I would also like to thank Gino, the regular Bat Boy for the Expos, for showing me how it works and helping me not make a fool of myself before 10,000-plus fans. As for my autographed baseball, one of my friends suggested that I sell it. I will keep that ball for as long as I live.

Soirée du Juin 21

 by Anne-Virginie Desmarais

Gauche à droit: Julio Manon, Dennis Clennding,

Anne-Virginie Desmarais, Youppi, & James Rankine


    

Depuis l'âge de 4 ans, je joue au baseball, c'est pourquoi l'invitation à lancer la première balle au match des Expos était une chance inoüie et inespérée.

Bien que je me suis entrainée plus intensivement les jours précédents, une fois    rendue sur la surface de jeu, je n'ai pu retenir mon stress.

11000 personnes étaient venues assister au match et de ce fait je devais m' exécuter sous leur regard.

Ce fut toute une expérience de cotoyer les joueurs des Expos.

Je remercie les dirigeants de la Ligue de Baseball de NDG et plus particulièrement Denis et James pour m'avoir permis de vivre une expérience unique dont je n'oublierai pas une seconde.

 

MONTREAL EXPOS PUT ON BASEBALL CLINIC (2000)

On June 3rd 2000 eight members of the Montreal Expos and their mascot Youppi visited Loyola Park in NDG and ran a baseball clinic

for about 350 local ball players (including players from Philadelphia, NY).

 

 

 

 

Back Row (left to right):

Claude Raymond, Martin Côté (Treasurer-NDG Baseball), #50 - Matt Blank,  Marc Griffen,  #12 - Mike Mordecai, Graham Nevin (Executive Director - NDG Baseball),

#20 - Scott Strickland, Terry Doucet (Pitching Coach - NDG Baseball),  #28 - Trace Coquillette#52 - Denis Boucher,  #67 - Pierre Arsenault

 Front Row (left to right):

Youppi

 

 

 

 

 

(From left to right):

#50 - Matt Blank, #20 - Scott Strickland, #28 - Trace Coquillette, Terry Doucet (Pitching Coach - NDG Baseball)  

 

 

 

 

THE NDG BIG LEAGUE LIONS AT COOPERSTOWN - 1997

The NDG Big League Lions team play at Cooperstown, NY Doubleday Field

NDG BIG LEAGUE LIONS TEAM TRAVELS TO COOPERSTOWN, NY

(Photo Courtesy of Bob Ferguson & Terry Doucet  -  Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, NY)

Back Row (left to right):

 Robert Ferguson (Head Coach), Russell Martin, Sr. (Ass. Coach), Brock Bradley,

 Graeme Thomas,  Matt Menear,  Michal Gentile,  Jonah Lewis,  Remy Pare, & Roger Harte

Front Row (left to right):

Adam O'Brien-Locke, Bob Lewis,  Bradley Thomas,  Adam Ferguson, Jason Doucet,

& Adam Casey 

Players From Above  Who Became NDG Lynx Coaches

Graeme Thomas (Big League),  Matt Menear (Junior),

Bradley Thomas (Minor) , & Jason Doucet (Minor)